A Gold Book by Andy Warhol

A Gold Book Andy Warhol

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In the 1950s it was usual amongst artists to send examples of work to art directors by way of self-promotion and with the intention to connect and gain exposure for their new work. During 1957, Warhol published A Gold Book for exactly this purpose and it remains one of Warhol’s more elaborate self-published projects.

The print run was limited to 100 copies and the 22 page volume was bound in a lavish shimmery gold hard cover adorned with distinctive cursive lettering by Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola, and featuring the famous actor James Dean who died in a car accident two years before in 1955.

Thirteen of the plates within the volume were included as lithographs printed on a rich gold paper and the rest were on white paper with black thinly lined images. These are reminiscent of Warhol’s blotted-line technique that he developed as an illustrator. The blotted-line technique is effective in the plates where the limited palette of gold and black evokes a strong image, versus some of the plates that are on white wove paper, which feature individually hand coloured watercolour. By working in this manner – selecting areas with particular attention to floral and nature motifs – Warhol achieves a harmonious juxtaposition.

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